These individual charcuterie boxes filled with dried fruits, delicious cheese, and a variety of meats make the perfect small gift for any occasion. They’re easy to assemble and guaranteed to impress!
Fill these DIY charcuterie boxes with your favorite fresh fruits, sweet treats, and whatever else you’d like. They make great gifts for a baby shower, corporate events, or any special occasions.
These small boxes, charcuterie cones, and small charcuterie boards are perfect for small groups but I love making a grazing table for bigger crowds. It’s so easy to make charcuterie boards large or small depending on the size of your party.
One of my favorite things about an easy charcuterie board is that they’re so easy to customize with a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, and other toppings. This makes it so easy to cater to dietary restrictions or picky eaters.
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How far in advance can you make individual charcuterie boxes?
You can make individual charcuteries up to 24 hours in advance. Make sure you tightly seal the box and I recommenced adding the crackers last minute so they don’t become stale.
What’s in a mini charcuterie box?
There’s a variety of different ingredients that you can fill a charcuterie box with but here are the basic guidelines. Feel free to swap, omit, or add any ingredients you’d like.
Crackers and pretzels
I like to use gluten-free crackers and pretzels but you can use regular. It’s best to add these right before serving because they can become soft/stale next to all of the other food.
Variety of cheeses
Adding a variety of delicious cheese like soft cheese, hard cheese, artisan cheeses, aged cheddar, etc. is a great way to diversify your charcuterie box. It’s also a good idea to add a small cheese knife to the boxes as well.
Variety of meats
My favorite charcuterie meats are sopressata, Italian dry salami, prosciutto di Parma, and wagyu beef salame. If you want to get creative, feel free to make salami roses for extra pizazz.
Fresh fruit, dried fruit, and even olives make great additions to a charcuterie board. They add extra color and help create a diverse variety of flavors. Berries, dried figs, apple slices, and green olives are my favorites.
Honey goes great with certain cheeses and crackers. A small piece of honeycomb not only sweetens your charcuterie box, but it also acts as a decoration.
How to assemble a charcuterie box
Assembling a charcuterie box is a lot like arranging a charcuterie board. There’s a few guidelines to follow, but feel free to get creative.
Step 1: Get an empty Kraft box and place 2 ounces of cheese, cured meats and crackers inside in different areas
Step 2: Add some honeycomb or honey with a mini honey dipper
Step 3: Place chocolates, olives and mini jam jar inside
Step 4: Finish by adding in fresh berries or fruit and the green herbs to give it a live, effervescent look if you’d like
Pro tip: Make sure your honey, jam, or spreads are in small jars to keep them from spilling everywhere.
Expert tips and FAQs
Yes you can store a leftover charcuterie box in the fridge for 24 hours. To keep the ingredients fresh for longer, take out the crackers and anything else that does not need to be refrigerated. It’s also a good idea to make sure your charcuterie box is in an airtight container or box.
Each person should get roughly around 3 ounces of meat, 1-2 ounces of cheese, and a serving of crackers. Beyond that, it’s best to use your best judgement on how much you think your guests will eat. Use fruit, spreads, honey, and chocolate sparingly.
Individual charcuteries are easier to transport than a charcuterie board, but make sure your boxes are secure in the car. Placing all of the boxes in a large tub would be ideal so they don’t slide around. You could also place them in a cooler so they don’t get warm.
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Individual Charcuterie Boxes
- 8 ounces Crackers and pretzels (I love gluten-free)
- 8 ounces Variety of cheeses
- 8 ounces Variety of cured meats
- 4 ounces Berries or other fresh fruit OR olives optional
- 2 ounces Honeycomb and/or honey
- 2 ounces Chocolates
- mini jam jar optional
- Fresh greenery for esthetic optional
- Step 1: Get an empty Kraft box and place 2 ounces of cheese, cured meats and crackers inside in different areas
- Step 2: Add some honeycomb or honey with a mini honey dipper
- Step 3: Place chocolates, olives and mini jam jar inside
- Step 4: Finish by adding in fresh berries or fruit and the green herbs to give it a live, effervescent look if you'd like